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Two Worker Deaths In Two Weeks Prompt Investigation of Goodyear tire Plant

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A Goodyear tire plant in Danville, Va., announced Tuesday that it would temporarily close for a safety evaluation and investigation after a longtime worker died on the job earlier in the day. The worker’s death was the second at the plant in less than two weeks and the third death in less than eight months. Details surrounding the death of Greg Cooper, an associate at the plant for 18 years, were not disclosed except that he died during his morning shift. Less than two weeks ago, Kevin Edmonds, who worked at the same Goodyear plant for 26 years, also died on ... Read More

Largest U.S. Chicken Producer Fined For Exposing Workers To Ammonia Gas


Federal authorities have hit the nation’s largest chicken producer with $122,500 in fines for safety violations following a dangerous release of 79 pounds of anhydrous ammonia in its Waco, Texas, plant in September 2015 that exposed workers to a high risk of serious injury and death. Although no workers were injured, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation of Greeley, Colo., and its parent company JBS S.A. of São Paulo, Brazil with two repeat and two serious violations for their failure to improve equipment, procedures, and training that would have prevented such a potentially catastrophic leak from ... Read More

Two Workers Killed By Falling 5-Ton Generator At NJ Construction Site

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A second man died last week from crushing injuries he sustained when a 10,000-pound generator that was being hoisted by a crane fell onto workers at a Hanover, N.J., construction site. The deadly accident occurred last Thursday morning, Feb. 18, while construction for a new Hanover firehouse was underway. Hanover, N.J., is about 25 miles west of New York City. The generator was being lifted by a crane when a strap securing the load broke and fell onto two workers. One of the two workers killed, a man in his 20s and the son-in-law of the crane operator, was pronounced dead at the ... Read More

Southwest Flight Veers Into Ditch During Nashville Landing, Eight Injured

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Eight people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight veered off the runway after landing at Nashville International Airport Tuesday night. Southwest Airlines flight 31, a Boeing 737 plane, was carrying 133 passengers and five crew members from Houston, Texas, when it suddenly went off the runway around 5:20 p.m. Pictures of the airplane on the news and in social media show the aircraft lying in a ditch, its nose planted on the ground. Passengers aboard the plane told NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth that the flight went without a hitch until the final moments after landing. “It was really rough. ... Read More

Runaway Boston Commuter Train Under Investigation

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Massachusetts transportation authorities are investigating why a six-car Boston commuter train carrying about 50 passengers left its southernmost station unmanned Thursday morning, traveling north toward Boston through the next four stations without stopping. None of the passengers on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) train were injured, and authorities were able to cut power off to the electrified third rail and bring the train to a stop. Investigators so far have found two possible contributing factors and are currently focusing on operator error. According to CBS News, the conductor exited the train at the Braintree station south of Boston to ... Read More

Tire Blowout Forces Morgan Freeman’s Airplane Into Emergency Landing

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A tire blowout forced actor Morgan Freeman’s airplane to make an emergency landing shortly after it took from an airport in Clarksdale, Miss., Saturday evening. Neither Mr. Freeman nor his pilots were injured, but the actor indicated his airplane suffered some damage. “Sometimes things don’t go as planned and a tire blew on takeoff, which caused other problems,” Mr. Freeman said in the statement released by his publicist. “But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch. I cannot say the same about my plane,” Freeman added. He didn’t elaborate about the damage, but reports say ... Read More

Company With Poor Safety Record Cited After Death of Texas Construction Worker

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DALLAS, Tex. – Construction worker Jorge Carrion Torres, 44, died after falling from a third-story balcony of an apartment complex in Dallas where he was working last May. Mr. Torres, who had been on the job for just one month, was applying a stucco underlayment to the balcony walls when he fell. According to federal regulators, his Phoenix, Arizona-based employers, Design Plastering Inc. and Design Plastering West LLC, had neglected to install protective scaffolding or provide Mr. Torres and his coworkers with fall protection equipment. The deadly incident marked the eighth time the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ... Read More

Parents of woman killed in Santa Monica plane crash file wrongful death lawsuit

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The parents of a 28-year-old woman killed in a Santa Monica airplane crash last year have filed a lawsuit against the pilot’s estate and several others, alleging negligence in the design and handling of the airplane as well as the air strip on which the airplane attempted to land. Lauren Winkler died when the Cesna 525A Citation airplane piloted by her boyfriend’s father crashed on the evening of Sept. 29, 2013, at Santa Monica Airport. The other three occupants of the plane were also killed; they were identified as: Mark Benjamin, 63, the pilot; his girlfriend Kyla DuPoint, 53; and ... Read More

FAA to investigate possible link between jetBlue engine failure and metal fragment

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a metal panel that fell from the sky last week and nearly struck a cyclist around the same time that a jetBlue flight bound to Austin, Texas, from Long Beach, Calif., experienced engine failure and had to make an emergency landing. Four passengers suffered smoke inhalation-related injuries aboard jetBlue flight 1416 Thursday morning after the airplane cabin filled with acrid smoke minutes after taking off. Passengers aboard the plane said they heard a loud boom, immediately followed by a dense caustic smoke that began to fill the cabin. Flight attendants passed out oxygen ... Read More

Pilot fatigue, errors top causes of UPS plane crash in Birmingham, NTSB says

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — Multiple pilot errors likely caused a UPS cargo plane to crash into a hill near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport last summer, killing the captain and first officer, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said in a Thursday meeting and announcement. NTSB investigator Robert Sumwalt stressed that discussion of the crew’s errors was necessary to learn from them and was not in any way intended to judge their characters. “I want to make the point to begin with that these were very good people. They were loved by many, had many friends. I don’t want to sound like I ... Read More